2006-07Regular SeasonRound 6
December 05, 2006 CET: 20:00
Local time: 20:00 MONS.HAINAUT
Jarod Stevenson - Unics Kazan The score made it look like a three-point party meant only to entertain the fans, but the 106-108 overtime road victory by Unics Kazan at Dexia Mons-Hainaut in Belgium on Tuesday could prove crucial for them and other teams in Group D. Dusko Savanovic's game-winning triple in the extra period meant that Unics improved to 4-2, tied for second place with PAOK, while Mons dropped to 1-5, tied with EiffelTowers Den Bosch. The three-victory gap between them with four games left puts Unics on the brink of advancing and Mons on the edge of elimination. And the fans in Mons no doubt had a blast until the clock finally ran out. The teams split 26 three-pointers between them while shooting 50% each from the arc. Mateen Cleaves led the winners with 21 points, while Saulius Stombergas had 20, Jarod Stevenson 17, Savanovic and Ksistof Lavrinovic 16 each. Mons was led by a trio of 20-point scorers - Shawnta Rogers with 26, including 7 triples, Kevin Houston with 23 and George Evans with 22 - while Monty Mack added 12 off the bench.

The points started flying from the first possession as Ksistof Lavrinovic buried a triple right after tipoff and Rogers nailed the first for Mons in the next minute. Stombergas hit his first from downtown before Evans made 4 points in a row to put Mons up 13-10. Ksistof Lavrinovic carried Unics until Stombergas popped again from deep for a 17-17 tie, although Evans and Houston reeled off 5 quick points in response for Mons. Lavrinovic and Rogers both buried the ball from long-distance before Savanovic ended the first quarter with a layup good for a 25-27 Unics lead. Little changed early in the second as ties and slim Unics leads were the result of open-ended scoring by both teams. In the quarter's first 3 minutes, 5 more three-pointers landed until Unics was ahead 37-43, its bigges lead yet. A relatively quiet middle of the quarter ended when Bingo Merriex and Mack joined the triples fun for Mons, but Cleaves scored 5 himself going into the break to keep Unics in charge at 53-59.

Kevin Houston - Dexia MonsSavanovic's free throws and layups soon after halftime seemed to indicate that Unics might run away at 55-65. Soon, however, Rogers went wild with triples to start and end an 11-0 Mons blast to a new lead for the hosts, 69-67. It lasted one shot, of course a triple, too, by Petr Samoylenko, starting a 0-9 Unics reply that left the guests up 69-76. A new three-point contributor, Jim Potter of Mons, would finish the quarter from the arc to cut the Unics edge to 75-78 after three quarters. Mack opened the fourth quarter with - what else? - a three-pointer, good for a new tie that his teammate, Bertengeh Gadri-Nicholson, broke with a jumper and a dunk. Savanovic and Stevenson put Unics back ahead with 7 unanswered points, and a couple minutes later, back-to-back triples by Stombergas and Cleaves seemed to put Unics in control at 88-94. Not so, however. Houston and Rogers still had bombs left in their arsenal. The seventh of the night by Rogers brought the crowd to its feet and sent the game to overtime tied 96-96.

Both teams seemed to tired to reach the basket from the arc in the extra period as all scoring was based on two-pointers and free throws as Mons rolled ahead by 103-99. Cleaves, the shortest guy on the court, stood tallest then, driving for a pair of game-saving layups before a Sergei Chikalkin jumper gave Unics back the lead, 103-105. Houston would tie it up at the foul line before Savanovic made the only triple in OT, not to mention the last of 26 on the night, to let Unics go back to Russia thinking the elimination rounds were within its reach more than ever.
Tuesday, December 5, 2006
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Referees: TOLA, LUCIANO; OBRADOVIC, PETAR; MARICIC,SASA
Attendance: 3030
By Quarter1234Extra 1
Dexia Mons2528222110
Unics Kazan2732191812
End of Quarter1234Extra 1
Dexia Mons25537596106
Unics Kazan27597896108
Dexia Mons
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 MAJOR, GERRIT 7:15 2 1/2           1       1 1    
5 MACK, MONTY 26:30 12 2/3 2/3 2/2       5   3     3 2 11
6 BAUWENS, THOMAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 HOUSTON, KEVIN 38:15 23 5/11 2/4 7/9   4 4 1 1 1   1 2 9 24
8 EVANS, GEORGE 37:00 22 9/11   4/5 2 6 8 1 3 4     3 5 29
9 MERRIEX, BINGO 20:00 6 0/2 2/4         1 2       1   4
10 ROGERS, SHAWNTA 37:45 26 1/5 7/11 3/4 2   2 5 1 2 1   2 3 25
11 MARKOVIC, DRAGAN 26:15 2 1/2 0/5     2 2 1 2       2   -1
12 NDOYE, MOUSTAPHA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 MARNEGRAVE, NIELS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 POTTER, JIM 24:30 9 3/3 1/1   3 4 7     1 2   5   12
15 NICHOLSON, YEMI 7:30 4 2/2     1 2 3 1 1 1         8
Team                   1 1          
Totals 225:00 106 24/41 14/28 16/20 8 18 26 16 11 13 3 2 19 19 112
        58.5% 50% 80%
Head coach: BAVCEVIC, NIKSA
Min: Minutes played; Pts: Points; 2FG M-A: 2-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); 3FG M-A: 3-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); FT M-A: Free Throws (Made-Attempted); Rebounds: O (Offensive), D (Defensive), T (Total); As: Assists; St: Steals; To: Turnovers; Bl: Blocks (Fv: In Favor / Ag: Against); Fouls: Cm (Commited), Rv (Received); PIR: Performance Index Rating
Unics Kazan
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 STEVENSON, JAROD 38:00 17 4/9 3/6   1 2 3 2 1 1     3 2 13
7 LAVRINOVIC, DARJUS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 STOMBERGAS, SAULIUS 37:15 20 4/4 3/3 3/5   4 4 6 1 5     5 4 23
9 SAMOYLENKO, PETR 15:15 7 2/3 1/2     1 1 3   1     3   5
10 PANIN, VADIM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 LAVRINOVIC, KSISTOF 38:15 16 4/5 2/4 2/2 3 6 9 3 1 2 2   2 2 26
14 CLEAVES, MATEEN 29:45 21 6/8 1/4 6/8   4 4 2 2 3   1 2 6 22
15 CHIKALKIN, SERGEI 23:15 7 2/5 1/2     2 2 1 1 1       1 7
20 SOKOLOV, DMITRY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
23 KHAMITOV, ROMAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
30 SAVANOVIC, DUSKO 24:00 16 5/7 1/2 3/4 5 2 7     2   2 2 3 16
55 MESHCHARAKOU, YAHOR 19:15 4 2/3 0/1   1 3 4 2   4     2 1 3
Team                   1           1
Totals 225:00 108 29/44 12/24 14/19 10 24 34 19 7 19 2 3 19 19 116
        65.9% 50% 73.7%
Head coach: SIREIKA, ANTANAS
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Head Coaches

BAVCEVIC, NIKSA
Dexia Mons
"It's the second time that we are beaten in the last moments of the game, and it's true that I am desappointed for my guys who have given the best of themselves to obtain a good result. One of the keys to the game was the rebounds, and we have offered too many possibilities to our hosts in losing the battle (34 to 26 at Mons). Also we didn't have a full team to face Unics because Merriex played, but Desaever is injured. What do you want? It's basketball, and a coach has to deal with all these problems..."
SIREIKA, ANTANAS
Unics Kazan
"I think that Mons wasn't the same team we met at the first leg, because all the players were at the same level, and we had a lot of difficulties to play very good in defense. It's the first time that we feel such a pressure during all the game, and we never had time to organize ourselves when we took some points ahead. I don't think that we're already qualified, because the group is very strong, and all the games must be played untill the end. In fact, we have a foot in the second round, but I'll be sure of it in the last game, because today, PAOK won in Belgrade, and this result is a very good thing for us. Congratulations to Mons which improved to do what teams in our League cannot do. That's to say to put us in doubt..."

Players

POTTER, JIM
Dexia Mons
"We played one of our best games of the year, but it wasn't sufficient to win. In fact, some details have made the difference, as the ball which turns on the try of Bingo Merriex during the extratime, or the two balls lost because of the ground... We have our place in the ULEB Cup, and I think we have again a little chance to reach the second round if we win in Den Bosch, and also at home against PAOK and Real Madrid."
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